Heavy Ups & Circuit Breaker Box Replacement & Upgrades
OUR ELECTRIC PANEL UPGRADES ARE AVAILABLE WITH A LIFETIME GUARANTEE!
Why Choose Us
- We are Experts at performing Heavy Ups and Upgrades
- We have been in business since 1984
- We have helped over 50,000 homeowners with their electrical problems
- We are licensed Master Electricians in DC, MD & VA
- Our work is done with Pride and Care for your home
- We are Reliable and Proudly Stand Behind our Work
- We are Clean and Neat and wont leave your home a mess
If you have a Federal Pacific Electric / FPE panel
that looks like the one below read the section below.
THE HEART OF YOUR HOME:
The electrical panel is the heart of the electrical system in your home. If the heart (panel) malfunctions or stops working, you could have a big problem. All power coming from your utility company comes through this panel. If your home has a fuse panel or an obsolete circuit breaker panel or even worse still…a panel that has lost its UL approval because it doesn’t operate properly, it might be wise to consider a new circuit breaker panel.
OUT DATED PANELS:
More than half of the homes today were constructed before the 1970s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means more than half were built decades before many of these modern, electronic conveniences even were invented. Most of these older homes possessed no more than 60-amp electrical service. Today, homes should have at least 150 amps.
One of the common things that people notice in their homes is flickering lights and outlets that don’t work sometimes but do at other times. One of the reasons this happens is that the electrical panel is old and/or may have a bad or burnt connection point within it. This is not a good thing. Poor connections, no matter what the reason is, can lead to more damage and possibly a fire.
DANGEROUS & OBSOLETE ELECTRICAL PANELS:
Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the country. Yet, as the years passed, electricians and home inspectors often found Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to provide proper protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say that FPE panels can appear to work fine for years, but after one over current or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards.
In a class action lawsuit, a New Jersey State Court ruled that the Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Company “violated the Consumer Fraud Act because FPE knowingly and purposefully distributed circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards…” (To see the Class Action Settlement Notice issued for New Jersey Residents, click here.) An expert who investigated the potential hazards of Federal Pacific Electric panels stated under UL 489 test conditions, that FPE panels fail to trip at a much higher rate than standard panels.
When a breaker fails to trip, an extreme amount of power from the outside electrical supply surges into a home’s panel and circuits. Once that happens, it cannot be stopped or shut off manually. Electricity will burn until it runs out of fuel or the wires melt. The panel could overheat and catch fire, causing serious harm to a home and its occupants. Many Federal Pacific Electric panels and breakers can operate properly for years. But if and when they do malfunction, a disaster could occur.
If you have an outdated panel manufactured by Federal Pacific Electric, FPE, Zinsco The other issue with some older panels may have been forced to stop production many years ago by UL listing authorities because they do not operate properly. These panels are very dangerous. All circuit breakers are designed to trip quickly, i.e. turn off the power within a fraction of a second when there is a potential risk of fire or a risk of a person getting electrocuted. In most cases, the breakers inside these old, obsolete panels will take a whole minute to trip and in some instances, will not shut off the power at all. There is a clear and present danger relate to having these panels and breakers in your home. Someone could be electrocuted or the panel could cause a fire in your home.
SAFETY & PEACE OF MIND:
Installing a new electric panel will increase your safety and peace of mind as well as increase the resale value of your home. We can remove your old panel and install a new top quality panel within one day. We will do this with as little disruption to you as possible, and we guarantee to you we will have your power back on before we leave your home.
When changing out your electric panel, it is also a good time to determine if the main service (the main electrical power being supplied by your power company) coming to your home is large enough to handle all your electrical needs for today and for the future.
Changing out an electrical panel and/or your main service is a serious project. Its a job for the electrician who has the manpower, experience, training and equipment to do it right the first time. It’s a job for the electrician who will guarantee that the project will be finished on time, and guarantee that you and your home will be treated with the highest respect; guarantee not to leave your home till you are 100% satisfied.
We provide those guarantees and many more to you…in writing. It has been and always will be our way of doing business.
CALL NOW FOR A LIFE TIME GUARANTEED CIRCUIT BREAKER PANEL INSTALLATION
A typical service upgrade consists of the following tasks…
- We remove your existing unsafe and obsolete fuse box or circuitbreaker panel.
- We will install a new circuit breaker panel of appropriate size for your home.
- We will install new breakers and connect your existing circuits to them.
- We will label the breakers to help you identify the circuits.
- We will upgrade the incoming Main Electric Cable that powers your panel.
- Upgrade the grounding system by driving ground rods and installing the proper size ground wire to the water pipe system in your home.
- We will install a new power company approved meter cabinet.
- Relocating your electric meter from inside your home to outside. Where the power company can read it accurately.